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Suing the Ivies over discrimination against Asian-Americans

2 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

“A coalition of more than 60 Asian-American groups filed a federal discrimination complaint against Harvard University, claiming racial bias in undergraduate admissions.” A chance to find out how serious the university establishment,...Show More Summary

A Licence With Limited Value: Copyright Board Delivers Devastating Defeat to Access Copyright

The Copyright Board of Canada delivered a devastating defeat to Access Copyright on Friday, releasing its decision on a tariff for copying by employees of provincial governments. Access Copyright had initially sought $15 per employee for the period from 2005 - 2009 and $24 per employee for the period from 2010 - 2014. Show More Summary

Status of AIA Applications

Some applicants have asked about the current status of their AIA applications.  The chart above shows the current status of a sample of about 8,000 published patent applications claiming post-AIA status.  Because of the backlog of PTAB appeals, it will likely be 2017 before we start seeing substantive decisions on the merits of AIA appeals. About 7% […]

140Law - Legal Headlines for the Week of May 18th

Here are the leading legal headlines from Wise Law on Twitter: Ex-Israeli Premier Olmert Sentenced to 8 Months in Prison Change in overtime rules could lead to more suits over worker emails sent outside work Risk management strategies...Show More Summary

Doing online “reputation management”?

7 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

Don’t do it this way, advises Eric Goldman. Tags: libel slander and defamation, nastygrams Doing online “reputation management”? is a post from Overlawyered - Chronicling the high cost of our legal system

Funniest/Most Insightful Comments Of The Week At Techdirt

22 hours agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

When law enforcement abuses citizens, some people choose to focus on any aspects of the citizen's behaviour that might have brought on the abuse. One such example happened this week when a woman was tazed by border patrol agents andShow More Summary

“N.J. Supreme Court to Decide if Leaving Kid in Car for a Few Minutes Equals Child Abuse”

23 hours agoIndustries / Law : Overlawyered

On a cool and overcast day, a mother in New Jersey left her sleeping child in a running car for a few minutes to enter a store, with no injurious consequences — except that she herself was tossed onto a child abuse registry. She is now contesting the denial of a hearing, and David Pimentel […] “N.J. Show More Summary

Federal judge: families can sue Philadelphia over its forfeiture practices

“A lawsuit challenging the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office’s use of state civil-forfeiture laws will proceed in federal court after a judge rejected calls from city lawyers to throw it out….Of the four plaintiffs seeking class-action status, three had their houses threatened after relatives were accused of dealing drugs on their properties. Show More Summary

This Week In Techdirt History: May 17th - 23rd

yesterdayIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Five Years Ago There was plenty of ridiculousness from Hollywood this week in 2010. For one thing, movie studies were decidedly not following through on their "promises" to offer lots of new content if they could only break your TV with...Show More Summary

Awesome Stuff: Handwritten Input For Anything, Anywhere

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Freehand input is hardly a new idea. It was a fixture of the early Palms, a feature of the famous Newton, and of course our primary means of "input" before computers came along. With the ascendance of touchscreens today, the capability is everywhere — and yet it still hasn't really caught on. Show More Summary

Brad Pitt options book on Chevron/Ecuador case

“Brad Pitt’s production company has edged out George Clooney’s to win the film rights to a book about the epic, fraud-marred Ecuadorian environmental suit against Chevron, according to two sources with indirect knowledge of the situation.”...Show More Summary

Senate Fails To Pass Both USA Freedom And PATRIOT Act Extension, Setting Up Possible Expiration Of Section 215

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Well, well. Here's a quick (rare) Saturday post just to get folks up to speed on what happened late last night. After going back and forth for a while, the Senate voted on... and failed to approve both a version of the USA Freedom Act...Show More Summary

Paper Says Public Doesn't Know How To Keep Score In Privacy Discussion While Glossing Over Government Surveillance

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Lawfare -- a blog primarily devoted defending the practices of spy agencies -- has released a paper authored by Benjamin Wittes and Jodie Liu that theorizes that the public's concern over privacy encroachments are -- if not overblown -- then failing to properly factor in the privacy "gains" they've obtained over the past several years. Show More Summary

TPP Moves Forward In Senate With Fast Track; On To The House

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

As was widely expected after last week's vote, the Senate has now voted in favor of fast track for trade agreements (officially "Trade Promotion Authority") after Republican Senators convinced enough of their Democratic counterpartsShow More Summary

International Labor Law Conferences

There are two international labor and employment law conferences coming up in the next month or so. First up is the second Labor Law Research Network conference in Amsterdam, from June 25-27, 2015. You can see the program here. The....

DailyDirt: Trendy Drinks

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Some folks like to drink coconut water because it tastes good -- not because it's a fashionable, semi-exotic-sounding liquid that has some specious health claims. Some fads, like drinking raw milk are actually not that healthy. But if you just like trying out new stuff to drink (and carry around in a bottle or cup), check out a few of these links. Show More Summary

Monsanto And Syngenta About To Receive Dozens Of Patents On Unpatentable Plants

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

Last month we wrote about the strange case of unpatentable plants becoming patentable in Europe thanks to a decision from the European Patent Office's Enlarged Board of Appeal. That cleared the way for companies to obtain such patents,...Show More Summary

Circumcision Armageddon

Heather Hironimus and Dennis Nebus are fixated on their son’s foreskin. It is an obsession that has bound them together long beyond the end of their relationship. Nebus believes their 4 1/2-year-old son, Chase Ryan Nebus-Hironimus, should be circumcised for medical reasons. Show More Summary

Florida Governor Signs One Bill Protecting Free Speech... And Another That Undermines It

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

On Thursday, Governor Rick Scott of Florida signed 44 bills into law, but two of them are particularly interesting to us. The first we wrote about back in March, SB 604, is a very problematic bill that undermines some basic free speech rights. Show More Summary

FCC Signals It's No Longer Going To Nap On Broadband Privacy Issues

2 days agoIndustries / Law : Techdirt

The FCC this week informed broadband ISPs that the agency is no longer going to be napping at the wheel when it comes to broadband-related privacy enforcement. In a new enforcement advisory posted to the FCC website (pdf), the FCC said...Show More Summary

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